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SEP 2014

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using the FMCSA hotline to spotlight complaints. OOIDA also said the final rule should include whistleblower protections, and should require carriers to keep copies of all electronic communications with drivers so they can be reviewed during safety audits and compliance reviews. The citizens' group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety also said the proposed rule does not go far enough. It said the agency should investigate all al- legations of coercion whether or not the driver makes a contemporaneous objection. "Simply because a driver did not object to an order of coercion does not mean that it did not occur," the group said. It also said that the 60-day requirement for filing a written report should not be used to discourage drivers from complaining. Once a complaint is received within 60 days of the event, the style of that communications should not be cause for rejecting the complaint, the group said. The agency will review these comments and make any changes it believes are necessary before posting a final rule, perhaps by the end of the year. n FMCSA's DataQs fixes CSA score issue In late August, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Ad- ministration's DataQs portal began giving carriers and drivers a way to improve their CSA scores through the submission of court documentation concerning roadside inspection violations that were either dismissed or pled to a different charge. The move was a result of a request for comments in early December 2013 in the Federal Register, which announced the FMCSA's plans to improve roadside inspection data quality. The updated policy will enable carriers and drivers to request, through the DataQs system, the removal of violations that were previously uploaded into FMCSA's Motor Carrier Management Information System by state enforcement agencies when a driver is found not guilty or if a violation is dismissed in court. In the comments, some agencies felt the change could affect how many violations are decided under review. "We foresee that once the data review decision be- comes about a citation disposition rather than the safety event or condition, there will be many more requests for reviews, because many of these violations are dismissed," wrote David Leddy, DataQ analyst, and John Smoot, MCSAP coordinator and federal training coordinator, on behalf of Lt. Col. Keith Peercy of the Kentucky State Police. Read more about The CAT Scale Guarantee at www.catscaleguarantee.com 1-877-CAT-SCALE (228-7225) © 2014 CAT Scale Company My company's been using CAT Scale for about as long as they've been around. We had an incident happen, got a ticket for an overweight. Sent all the documentation to CAT Scale and they sent us a check two days later. If you want to be sure your weight's right and you want somebody who's going to back it up like they say they are, use CAT Scale. " " – Miller T Like us on Facebook. We've Got Your Back. ® Circle 150 on Reader Action Card www.truckinginfo.com SEPTEMBER 2014 • HDT 21 n

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